NCAA responds to suit over Florida State records

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The NCAA says it cannot be forced to
release documents in Florida State University's appeal of sanctions
for academic cheating because they are not covered by the state's
public records law.

The NCAA on Monday asked Circuit Judge John C. Cooper to dismiss
a lawsuit filed by The Associated Press and other news
organizations seeking the records under that law.

Cooper will hear that motion and others on Aug. 5.

He agreed, though, to delay a final two-day hearing that had
been set to start on that date until Aug. 20-21.

The NCAA sought the delay because two of its key witnesses -
both executives of the organization - will be unavailable on the
original dates as they'll be attending NCAA meetings.